GradFest Fall 2017

GradFest is a traditional event held before Commencement celebrating students' success. Join the celebration while you pick up your cap and gown, and visit all of the exhibitors, enjoy a slice of cake, and pick up your graduation gift from the Alumni Association table.

Allendale Campus

Wednesday, November 29

Grand River Room (KC 2250)

10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Pew Campus

Thursday, November 30

DeVos, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Caps and Gowns

Advance orders and measurements are not necessary!

Special promotional pricing for GradFest:

           Bachelors: $28.50 (tax included)

           Masters: $54.00 (tax included)

Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

After GradFest, caps and gowns can be purchased at the LakerStore on either campus and the prices will increase to:

Bachelors: $31.80 (tax included)

Masters: $60.90 (tax included)

There will be a professional photographer on site so come dressed to take a professional photograph in your cap & gown or grab your friends for a group picture! You can purchase photos for $1 at GradFest or purchase later on Heather Dixon Photography.

If you can not make it to GradFest, please call the LakerStore (616-331-2450) to purchase your cap and gown and have it shipped to you.

Alumni Apparel

The GVSU Laker Store will be offering a 20% discount on all Alumni apparel the entire week of GradFest. Visit either store location or shop online at from November 27 - December 2 to take advantage of this offer.

Veterans Cords

Get a FREE patriotic cord! GVSU students who:

  • Served in the US Armed Forces; 
  • Shall complete all degree requirements for Winter or Spring/Summer 2017; and
  • Will be attending Commencement at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Anyone who meets these requirements are eligible to obtain a red, white, and blue recognition cord at GradFest, or from the Office of Student Life after GradFest.

Order Graduation Memorabilia

Custom graduation announcements will be available online through Signature Announcements at Signature Announcements or Jostens.  Please allow two (2) weeks for delivery.

Display your college diploma proudly with a diploma frame by University Frames. Visit the University Frames website and build your own frame to fit your style.

Grab Your Free Gift!

Stop by the Alumni Association table to pick up your free Laker for a Lifetime gift and learn about ways to stay connected with your alma mater!

Commencement Questions

Haven't ordered your tickets online yet? Have questions about walking in the ceremony? Walk through the process with the Commencement staff during GradFest and get a better picture of what the Commencement Ceremony will look like!

Say Cheese!

Professional photographer and GVSU Alumna, Heather Dixon, will be on site to take photographs of you in your cap & gown or with a group of friends. Individual pictures will be available for purchase for $1 (cash) or $2 (credit card). A CD of photos will be available for $5 (cash), $7 (credit card) or opt to have them posted on line at Heather Dixon Photography.

Invite your friends to join you for a picture or two! Please ask them to wait in the designated area until you are next in line for your photos, as our space is tight. The session is time-limited so determine your poses beforehand to help speed up the process!

Want your picture with Louie? He’ll be in Allendale on Wednesday, November 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or Downtown on Thursday, November 30 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Decorate your Cap!

Show your creativity and your Laker pride! Stop by the Career Center table for Laker bling to decorate your graduation cap, letting everyone know where you’ve landed after graduation! Still figuring out your next steps? Don’t worry! Career advisors will be on hand to help you figure out what’s after graduation.

Share Your Experience

Make sure to share your experience with everyone using #LakerForALifetime and #GVGrad

Check your Snapchat account for fun geofilters!

Not sure what to do after college?

Chat with Financial Aid about paying off fees and learn about your loans!

Interested in continuing your education at Grand Valley? Chat with the School of Graduate Studies during GradFest to learn more!'

Stop by the Liberty Mutual booth to learn about the loan discounts offered to GVSU Alumni!


For information or conflicts regarding GradFest, please contact

Page last modified August 25, 2017